FFY 2015 - 2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Benefits & Burdens Analysis, and Air Quality Conformity Analysis

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the regionally agreed on list of priority projects required by federal transportation legislation. It lists all transportation projects in Berks County that intend to use federal funds over the next four years (FFY 2015-2018), along with non-federally funded projects that are regionally significant. The list is multi-modal, meaning that it includes highway, bridge, and public transit projects as well as non-traditional bicycle & pedestrian projects.
 
The TIP for Berks County contains 107 projects totaling $339.8 million for the phases to be advanced during the next four years. It includes 95 projects valued at $279.0 million addressing the highway system and bridges and 6 projects valued at $60.8 million addressing the transit system. In addition, the statewide Interstate Management Program lists 6 projects in Berks with a value of $201.0 million.
 
(All of the following documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. To view a PDF document, you must have Adobe's free Acrobat Reader.)
 
 
Introduction
General Overview of the TIP
Program Summary
Opportunity for Review and Public Comment
 
SECTION 2: Highway and Bridge Projects
Explanation of Project Descriptions, Maps, Codes and Abbreviations
Highway, Bridge and Enhancement Projects
Highway, Bridge and Enhancement Financial Plan
Interstate Management Program
Interstate Management Projects
Project Maps
 
SECTION 3: Transit Projects
Explanation of Maps, Project Descriptions, Codes and Abbreviations
Transit Projects
Transit Financial Plan
 
 
TIP Amendments/Modifications
Between the regular two-year updates to the TIP, it may become necessary to make Amendments (project additions or deletions) or Modifications (changes to project schedules or funding) based on updates to available funding levels, updated engineering and/or cost estimates, changing project schedules, or changing priorities. These changes are regulated by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) found in Appendix A. As these changes are approved, we will post them here. The first document will list project- or phase-specific information. The second document will be an updated spreadsheet reflecting both prior and current changes to the program.
 
The Benefits and Burdens Analysis reviews and identifies how the transportation planning process and transportation improvements identified in the FFY 2015-2018 TIP are distributed within the region. The projects and programs are reviewed against the locations of various demographic groups throughout the county and assesses the potential effects of projects and programs. The steps used in the completion of these analyses are summarized in this report.
 
Air Quality Conformity Analysis
The Air Quality Conformity Analysis is an integral part of the Transportation Improvement Program. Using the Planning Commission's Travel Demand Forecasting Model and USEPA's MOVES air quality emissions model, the mix of projects and strategies shown in the TIP have been shown to conform to air quality standards for ground-level ozone and fine particulates set for Berks County.